Prince Rupert is situated along the shores of the third largest natural ice free harbour in the world. Prince Rupert is the northern terminal of the BC Ferry from Vancouver Island, departure by ferry west to the Haida Gwaii Islands, and the southern terminal for the Alaska Marine Highway. We are also serviced by VIA rail which goes across Canada to Canada’s east coast. The route from Vancouver to Prince Rupert and then by ferry to Vancouver Island and back to Vancouver is a very popular circle route with visitors. We are serviced two – three times daily by Hawk Airlines and Air Canada Express. By vehicle one can travel to and from Alaska on the Cassiar Highway, and on Highway 16 from Prince Rupert across Canada. In fact, the route from Smithers B.C. to Prince Rupert is recognized as one of the most scenic in the world. Take time for a short detour to the Nishga Lava Park on Highway 37A north of Terrace BC.
Prince Rupert was once known as as the “halibut capital of the world” and is still a very active fishing community.
- North Pacific Cannery Village, a national historic site offering tours and movies of the fishing and area history.
- Northern BC Museum of Anthropology offering special features & tours
- World class sport fishing opportunities abound
- Adventure tours to Khutzemateen Grizzley Bear Sanctuary, a UNESCO world heritage site
- Adventure tours to see whales and other sea mammals
- Flight seeing trips
- Excellent 18 hole golf course
- Prince Rupert Port Interpretive Centre
- City bus routes (5) in Prince Rupert and to Port Edward
- Drive to Terrace along the incredible Skeena River, former paddlewheel route from the coast to Hazelton, B.C.. Go north to the Nisga Park in the Nass Valley to see the lava fields. Hike to the crater with prior arrangement.
- Drive to K’san Village cultural centre, a 3 hr. drive from Prince Rupert on Highway 16.
- Annual event – Seafest celebrations, 2nd weekend in June.
- Annual event –Cow Bay Day, 1st weekend in July.
Nearby Hikes and Walks
- Hiking trails – Butze Rapids, 2 hours
- Metlakatla trail, 10 K from village
- Totem Pole walk in town
- Dock walks to enjoy the boats
- Cow Bay to Seal Cove ½ hour
- Self guided historic City walk